No con­crete plans

Bor­den-Car­leton mayor en­cour­aged by dis­cus­sions about Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge con­struc­tion yard cleanup, but fu­ture is still un­cer­tain

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - PROVINCE - BY COLIN MA­CLEAN TC MEDIA

There may fi­nally be a plan for the fu­ture of the old Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge fab­ri­ca­tion yard.

The Town of Bor­den-Car­leton met with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in late June to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the site, and Mayor Dean Sex­ton said he was en­cour­aged by what he heard.

Ac­cord­ing to Sex­ton, the province ten­ta­tively agreed to clean up the yard and re­move the tow­er­ing con­crete ed­i­fices that still dot the shore­front prop­erty.

The plan would be com­pleted in three phases, cost­ing an es­ti­mated $700,000 each.

“To me, that was progress,” said Sex­ton.

“Now I hope they carry through with their prom­ises. The thing is we have to wait and they didn’t give us a time­frame,” he said.

The of­fi­cials they met with said it may be later in the year be­fore cab­i­net makes any of­fi­cial com­mit­ments to fund the cleanup pro­ject, if they even de­cide to do so.

Still, some news is bet­ter than no news, for Sex­ton.

The site, which was used to fab­ri­cate sec­tions of the nearby Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge, sits on sev­eral acres in the Town of Bor­den-Car­leton and has been all but aban­doned for the past 18 years. The province pur­chased the site sev­eral years ago.

In an e-mailed state­ment, a spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment and Tourism said the depart­ment is hope­ful some­thing can be done for the site, soon.

“While no con­crete plans have yet been es­tab­lished, we are op­ti­mistic that the province will soon be in a po­si­tion to be­gin mak­ing changes to the area,” they wrote.

“There have been pre­lim­i­nary dis­cus­sions with sev­eral par­ties in­ter­ested in the prop­erty, but those dis­cus­sions are in the very early stages.”

The town has some ideas as to what it would like to see done with the site, added Sex­ton, but they’re con­cen­trat­ing on get­ting it cleaned up be­fore they make any firm plans.

“We re­ally don’t know what. It could be used for a sub­di­vi­sion or some busi­nesses; we’re go­ing to see how these three phases (of re­me­di­a­tion) go, then we’ll look at what comes next. But it’s go­ing to be great to get that out of there,” said Sex­ton.

HEATHER TAWEEL/THE GUARDIAN

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has ten­ta­tively promised the Town of Bor­den-Car­leton it will clean up the fab­ri­ca­tion yard for the Con­fed­er­a­tion Bridge, which has sat in dis­use since the bridge was opened in 1997.

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